A Field Guide to Woodworking Joints

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No two woodworkers will agree on the best joint to use in every situation. Still, knowing the basics of each type of joint will serve the average woodworking hobbyist well. Here is a quick rundown on the various types of joints used in woodworking:

  • Butt Joint – The most basic joint. Two pieces of wood are simply placed next to each other and then either glued or screwed.
  • Dado Joint – Cutting a groove in one board and then inserting the other creates this joint.
  • Lap Joint – Placing the dado at the very edge of the first piece allows it to overlap the other, hence the name.
  • Mitre Joint – Cut the ends of both pieces of wood at a 45 degree angle and then connect.
  • Dovetail Joint – Both pieces of wood are cut on their ends so that they interlock.
  • Mortise and Tenon – Cut a hole (mortise) in one piece of wood and then trim the other (tenon) to fit inside creates one of the strongest woodworking joints.

 For more woodworking tips or to get directions to our Kansas City lumberyard, please visit us online at SchutteLumber.com or call us directly at 816-892-3398.

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